Created by Buck Henry (“Get Smart”), this short-lived sci-fi series from the 1970s follows the exploits of Adam Quark (Richard Benjamin), an interstellar garbage collector stationed aboard United Galaxies Sanitation Patrol Cruiser. Satirizing sci-fi classics like Stars Wars, Flash Gordon and 2001: A Space Odyssey, Henry’s idiosyncratic, hilarious series also stars Conrad Janis, Tim Thomerson and Alan Caillou.
|Richard Benjamin||Richard Kelton|
|Buck Henry||Conrad Janis|
|Tim Thomerson||Alan Caillou|
|Cyb Barnstable||Tricia Barnstable|
THE AV REVIEW:
A spoof of science fiction films and TV series, these are the adventures of Adam Quark, captain of a United Galactic Sanitation Patrol ship. His cohorts include Gene/Jean, a “transmute” with male and female characteristics; a Vegeton (a highly-evolved plant-man) named Ficus; and Andy the Android and Betty and Betty (who always argue over who’s the clone of the other). Based at Space Station Perma One are Otto Palindrome and The Head. Though Quark is supposed to stick to his sanitization patrols, he and his crew often meet adventure with such colorful space denizens as the evil High Gorgon (head of the villainous Gorgons), Zoltar the Magnificent, and Zargon the Malevolent.
“Quark” hit the television world on February 24, 1978 like a galaxy-class starship slamming into a Quasi-norm. Quark, NBC’s fantastic science-fiction spoof from the mind of Buck Henry, was released about the same time as Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Battlestar Galactica were making their impact on the science fiction community. The short-lived series featured Richard Benjamin as Adam Quark along with his crazy crew aboard a spacefaring garbage scow. Well ahead of it’s time, the series has become a cult classic with precious few original copies available — until now! Buck Henry’s oddball creation will easily bring you back (and forth) in time. Although Amazon briefly covers what the series is all about, here’s a little more information on the crew
The DVD is decent, but not great. You get the best A/V Quality possible for a show of this age, but it still comes across a little weak. Throw on some Minisode Network special features and you’ve got the entire package. Casual viewers should stick to a rental, while hardcore Sci-Fi fans will want to pick this up. It’s Buck Henry and all, but it’s lesser Buck Henry. So, do what you have to do.